Pinhas Inbari

Pinhas Inbari is a veteran Arab affairs correspondent who formerly reported for Israel Radio and Al Hamishmar newspaper, and currently serves as an analyst for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Publications by Pinhas Inbari

Rising Tensions in Gaza after PA Cuts Salaries

The State Department published a travel warning on April 11 that called on all U.S. citizens to evacuate Gaza immediately, and to be careful in the West Bank and in Israel. It put special emphasis on the volatile situation in […] Read More »

Revised Hamas Charter Is Not Acceptable to Gaza Leadership

Hamas has not renounced its principles but simply “powdered” them slightly. Read More »

Trump’s Envoy Visits an Anxious Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas faces two challenges Read More »

Iran Grabs the Reins in Gaza

Iran-affiliated terrorist “elected” to head Hamas’ military wing Read More »

Palestinian ISIS Fighters Push for Engaging Israel

Up until now, ISIS has avoided antagonizing Israel. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority Continues to Crumble

The PA fails to unify the Palestinian camp or aid Palestinians in Syria Read More »

Can the Palestinians Mobilize the Arab World on the U.S. Embassy Issue?

Do the Arab states support them? Read More »

Was ISIS behind the Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem on January 8?

ISIS’ avoidance of Palestinians and Jerusalem – until now? Read More »

Can Turkey and Israel Reconcile?

Turkey’s activities in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem Read More »

Trump’s Election Upsets the Palestinian Authority’s Diplomatic Campaign Against Israel

Plan to expel Israel from the UN thwarted? Read More »

Have Some of the Palestinian Security Forces Gone Rogue?

Another attack on Israelis by a Palestinian officer. Read More »

A Shift in the Islamic Center of Gravity?

Iran and Saudi Arabia argue over which is the holiest city. Read More »

Arab Affairs Expert Pinhas Inbari on Instability in Palestinian Cities

Tensions and even anarchy in Nablus, Hebron, and Ramallah on the eve of Palestinian local elections. The Palestinian Authority has little control in the municipalities. Read More »

The Hot Arab Summer in the West Bank

Internal tensions continue in Palestinian cities. Read More »

The PA, Based in Ramallah, Faces Opposition in Other Towns

Gun battles in Nablus and Tulkarem Read More »

King Abdullah: Jordan Is Responsible for Arab Interests in Jerusalem, Not the Palestinians

King Abdullah of Jordan made some very strong statements against Jews going to the Temple Mount. Should Israel be concerned?
Jerusalem Center Arab Affairs analyst Pinhas Inbari noted: “I think that the Muqata in Ramallah should be more concerned than Israel because King Abdullah’s main message was not against Israel, as strange as it may seem, it was against the Muqata in Ramallah, because King Abdullah of Jordan was representing the Palestinian problem instead of the PLO, and he mentioned his sole responsibility over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is the role of the Palestinians, as far as they are perceiving their role in Jerusalem. And he did not mention the Palestinians in Jerusalem, but he mentioned the Arabs in Jerusalem, which means there is no legitimacy to the PA in Jerusalem.” Read More »

The Fraying Palestinian Political Entity in the West Bank

The Fragmented West Bank: The Whole Is Less than the Sum of Its Parts The Palestinian Authority is failing to control extensive parts of the West Bank. As a result, some districts of the West Bank are developing in different […] Read More »

An Ottoman Return to Jerusalem?

Turkey’s renewed interest in Jerusalem affairs Read More »

Hebron – Torn between Fundamentalism, Nationalism, and Commercial Interests

The most significant recent development in Hebron and Mount Hebron is the revival of an old institution that had been dormant and inactive: the Mount Hebron Tribal Council (Majlis Asha’er Jebel al-Khali).1 Noteworthy is that its latest conference was held […] Read More »

Ramallah and the Palestinian Non-Government Organizations (PNGOs)

Generational battles in Ramallah: The “Tunisian” Palestinians vs the Locals Read More »

The Fate of Nablus (Shechem): Anarchy Prevails

Hebron is consolidating itself as a community that is led by clans and tribes and is linked with Jordan. Ramallah is beginning a consolidation process within a civil-society framework. Nablus, however, while trying to remain connected with Ramallah, is in […] Read More »

Arab Peace Initiative Is Negotiable, Saudi Arabia and Jordan Say

“Be flexible,” Arab kings tell the PA leader Abbas Read More »

The New Jordanian-Palestinian Chasm

Is Jordan reasserting guardianship in Jerusalem? Read More »

The Internal Palestinian Fight for Jerusalem

Who’s who in the battle for “Al Quds” Read More »

Understanding Fatah and Hamas: Top Israel Experts Weigh In

Is Fatah and Hamas policy toward Israel motivated by nationalism or religious fervor? Read More »

What is the Roadblock to Palestinian-Israeli Peace?

Jerusalem Center Research Fellow Dan Diker Interviews: Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser and Pinhas Inbari Read More »

The Palestinian Authority-Fatah’s Incitement Strategy

“The popular intifada will continue until the occupation is over and there will be no return to negotiations without full recognition of Palestinian rights. Movement towards a settlement will be achieved through international intervention.”1 – Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President […] Read More »

Interpreting Palestinian “Sign Language”

Color War: the clash of colors, flags and symbols Read More »

Why the Palestinian Authority Hesitated to Honor Israeli Arab Terrorist as a “Martyr”

The fear of appearing like ISIS Read More »

The Palestinian Authority Will Find No Friend in ISIS

ISIS Leader threatens Israel Read More »

Hamas Looks beyond Jerusalem … to Rome and Beyond

The conquest of Europe Read More »

Will Cameras on the Temple Mount Work?

Looking for a Solution on the Temple Mount Read More »

Stabbing at a West Bank Supermarket – A Blow to Coexistence?

Palestinian leadership is opposed to economic coexistence with Israel Read More »

The Other Casualty of the Wave of Palestinian Terror

Thousands of Licensed Palestinian Workers from the West Bank Could Lose Jobs. Read More »

Terror Attack Claimed by “Abd al-Qader al-Husseini Storm Troopers”

Palestinian Disturbances: The Legacy of the “Mufti” Returns Read More »

The Muslim Schism over Jerusalem

Holiness of Al-Aqsa Mosque rejected by key elements in Sunni Islam. Read More »

The Palestinian Predicament, Part 1: The PLO Loses Relevancy

The Palestinians’ Lose the Spotlight, the PLO Loses Relevancy Read More »

The PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas Searches for Legitimacy

As expected, the head of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) announced his resignation from the PLO leadership, in the expectation that the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian National Council (PNC), will renew his leadership mandate. The PNC will reconvene in […] Read More »

Is There a Hamas Truce in the Works?

Despite Israel’s sweeping denial of any talks with Hamas about a truce in return for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, the Palestinian political establishment is taking the reports very seriously and ignoring the Israeli denial. Meanwhile, Hamas’ difficulties […] Read More »

Pan-Arabism versus Pan-Islam – Where Do the Druze Fit?

The Threat to Ethnic Groups’ Self-Determination Read More »

The Islamization of World Soccer?

Palestinian Soccer: Watch the Play Away from the Ball Read More »

Intra-Arab Rifts the Real Reason for Palestinians’ FIFA Failure

The Palestinian FIFA gambit has Qatari-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood motives. Read More »

Syrian Opposition also Opposes Nuclear Iran

Syrian opposition leaders speak out on Iran’s nuclear plans and Israel. Read More »

The Islamic Armageddon Lies between Turkey and ISIS

Do ISIS and Turkey hold competing views of the Caliphate? Read More »

Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus

Shi’ite move into Grand Mosque of Damascus “reprehensible and unprecedented,” says Saudi Al Arabiya Read More »

Implications of a Visit by Senior Islamic Official to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Islamic official’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque challenged Hamas and Arab Brotherhood. Read More »

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Have Their Sights on the West Bank and Jordan

Security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority prevents Hamas attempts to seize the West Bank. Read More »

Is the Arab World Turning Its Back on the Palestinians?

Some Arabs and their governments display outright animosity toward the Palestinians today. Read More »

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub. Read More »

The Ties Between the Nusra Front – the Syrian al Qaeda Affiliate – and Hamas

Does Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal run two other jihadi groups now on the Golan Heights? Read More »

The Gaza Water Crisis

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in general failed to manage Gaza’s civil affairs. Read More »

A View of Jerusalem through the Smoke

The rioting in Jerusalem conceals Hamas-Palestinian Authority debate on Jerusalem Read More »

ISIS: Iran’s Instrument for Regional Hegemony?

If Iran fights ISIS, Tehran would be turning against a movement that has been a useful surrogate for its interests. Read More »

Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region

The current political and military upheavals in the Middle East are producing new and far-reaching demographic realities. Read More »

Efforts to Establish a Palestinian Unity Government

The Western powers want to see a Palestinian unity government. Read More »

The “Shati Reconciliation Agreement” between Fatah and Hamas: A Preliminary Evaluation

Qatar may supply an economic safety net to support the Hamas-Fatah unity government. Read More »

Palestinian Defiance of Washington

Defying the United States is now in fashion. Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Even Discussing the Rights of the Jewish People to a State

Since his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated on successive occasions that he is only willing to harden his position on peace with Israel. For example, on March 22, 2014, Abbas spoke […] Read More »

Abbas Uses Fatah Speech to Reject U.S. Plan

Abbas repeated emphatically that he would under no circumstances accept the “Jewish state” principle. Read More »

Link Israeli Support for Gaza Infrastructure to Dismantling Terror Infrastructure

Israel’s situation regarding Gaza cannot be understood without grasping two terms: hudna and tahdiya. Hudna is a binding religious concept based on the agreement that the Prophet Muhammad made with the Quraysh tribe, in which he undertook a total ceasefire. […] Read More »

Japan and the Palestinian Authority: Foreign Policy and Economic Interest

Unlike the U.S. and EU, Japan funds development projects but not the PA budget. Read More »

The Syrian Constellation before the Geneva 2 Peace Talks

The U.S. and Russia convened the Geneva 2 peace conference to counter al-Qaeda in Syria. Read More »

No End to Palestinian Claims: How Israel and the Palestinians View Borders

There is considerable evidence that the Palestinian leadership has claims to Israeli territory within the 1967 lines. Read More »

Multiplying Efforts to Undermine the Unique Status of Mecca in Islam

The Shiite crescent is challenging the status of Mecca. Read More »

Hamas Sends a Signal to Iran

Musa Abu Marzook, deputy to Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas politburo, gave a recent interview to the pro-Assad Al Mayadeen TV station in Lebanon that has not received appropriate attention. Read More »

The Reconciliation Agreement between Fatah and Hamas – An Initial Evaluation

The reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas is the old “Egyptian paper” with a protocol that added Hamas’ reservations. Read More »